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Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM -- (House of Representatives - March 10, 2009)

Mr. BACA. Mr. Speaker, last month the Department of Homeland Security reported that over 100,000 parents of U.S. born children were deported between 1998 and 2007. And the Homeland Security inspector stated that these figures are incomplete because the agency does not keep track of how many children each parent has.

This past Saturday, I hosted an event in my district for families to come and share their stories about how they have been impacted by the broken immigration system. The audience on several occasions had to hold back their tears as they heard the stories of how families, like the Serrano family from Bloomington, California, have been separated from their parents.

Children like those in the Serrano family are the real victims of this outdated immigration system that separates families.

As Speaker Pelosi said this morning at a meeting with Latino leaders, ``We must immediately end raids that separate families.''

I urge my colleagues in the House and the Senate and President Obama to work with CHC toward comprehensive immigration reform.

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